What The Butler Saw

Vaudeville Theatre, Strand, London

Comic Omid Djalili returns to London in Joe Orton’s insanely funny farcical tale, What The Butler Saw.

Hysterical one-liners and outrageous twists collide in What The Butler Saw, which follows the events set in motion when psychoanalyst Dr Prentice instructs his new secretary to undress. Little does he expect to be interrupted by his wife, her blackmailing lover, a meddling government inspector and an inquisitive policeman. But hiding a naked woman is the least of his worries, as libidos run riot, identities are swapped and social decorum is buried.

Djalili last entertained West End audiences when he played Fagin in the recent production of Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Sean Foley, who directs What The Butler Saw, is co-founder of theatre company The Right Size, which created the hugely successful comedy The Play What I Wrote. More recently he directed the hit stage adaptation of Ealing comedy The Ladykillers.

There will be some semi-nudity during What The Butler Saw, which is recommended for theatregoers aged 12 and older.

Cast & CreativesEXPAND

cast: Omid Djalili, Tim McInnerny, Samantha Bond, Georgia Moffett, Jason Thorpe, Nick Hendrix

author: Joe Orton

director: Sean Foley

music by: Ben and Max Ringham

producer: MJE Productions

designer: Alice Power

lighting designer: Johanna Town

sound: Ben and Max Ringham

About the show
  • Age Suitability: All
  • Genre: Play
  • Duration: 2h15
  • Opening Night:
  • Closing night:

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Venue InformationHIDE

Vaudeville Theatre
Strand, London, United Kingdom, WC2R 0NH

  • Nearest tube: Charing Cross (200m) Embankment (300m)
  • Nearest bus: 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 68, 7A, 91, 139, 176
  • Nearest train: Charing Cross (100m)
  • Parking:

    50% off parking when you park at Q-Park Chinatown or Q-Park Trafalgar, both only 7 minutes away.

  • Air Conditioned: Yes

Venue Access InformationEXPAND

  • How to book: Tel: 020 7836 7969 Fax: 0207 497 0087
  • Discounts: Discounts are available for all disabled theatregoers and their companions, but vary depending on the current production.
  • Limited mobility: Stall aisle seats and boxes have the most leg room. Book early if you wish to sit in these seats.
  • Access description: There is a step of approx. 5cm then 2 sets of double doors opening into the foyer. Box Office counter on right. Staircases are all highlighted and have handrails on both sides. Stalls are 6 steps down from the foyer. 27 steps up to the Dress Circle (3 steps between rows). Upper Circle 54 steps up from foyer, though very narrow. Auditorium open 30 mins before performance.
  • Hearing impaired: No facilities at present.
  • Guide dogs policy: Guide dogs are allowed in the auditorium and boxes and staff can dog-sit at foyer cloakroom or management office by prior arrangement with the management.
  • Wheelchairs: Steps to all levels. Wheelchair users who will remain in their chair can use the AAT Major stair-climber which gives access to the stalls, where seats S8-11 can be removed to create spaces. Patrons requiring the use of the stair climber are asked to arrive at the theatre 45 minutes prior to the commencement of the performance.Transfer seating available to any aisle seat on left-hand side of Stalls – down 6 steps from foyer. Alternatively, access the Dress Circle through a side EXIT door on Lumley Court. Please notify a member of staff at the Box Office if you wish to use this entrance. No access to toilets from this level. 1 shallow step immediately inside door and 2 further steps to the left to row A. Box C up 2 fairly steep steps to the right, 74cm in width. Entrance to the box is 56cm wide – so it would be necessary to transfer to a moveable seat inside the Box from this entrance.
  • Toilets: Women’s 6 steps down from foyer, through 56cm wide door with cubicles. Men’s urinals 12 steps up from foyer. Men’s toilets 25 steps up from foyer.
  • Disabled toilets: There is currently no disabled toilet in the Theatre, however we have an arrangement with the Adelphi Theatre (25 metres along the Strand) to use their facilities. A member of staff will accompany anyone wishing to use these facilities.
  • Bars: Drinks brought to disabled customers in the auditorium. Dress Circle bar 22 steps up from the foyer with moveable seats. Further bar at Upper Circle level.
  • Legroom: The boxes afford the best space for anyone wishing extra leg room.